Ciel Home Bar
The concept of the Ciel Bar was inspired by the bachelor pads of the 60's and motivated by my wife's dislike of clutter and dusting. The design of the bar was inspired by my love of automotive design. My wife asked me to design a home bar that eliminated the visual clutter created by the liquor bottles, beverage glasses, ice buckets, etc., and which also relieved us of having to dust them frequently. The obvious solution was to hide the items in a cabinet. However, I did not want a "normal" cabinet. I wanted something more dramatic and interesting.
I have always loved the spy movies of the 1960's where at the push of a button a simple room is magically transformed into a swank bachelor pad. So, I created a cabinet that appears simple at first glance but which hides secrets that are only revealed with closer inspection. For example, when a button is pushed, an elevating platform rises to reveal colorful liquor bottles in a jewel-like manner; a door hides a built-in dual zone wine cooler; a wall slides aside to give access to three vertical sliding beverage glass cases.
The design of the Ciel Bar was inspired by my admiration for American automotive design of the 1960's and early 1970's, and challenges traditional notions of rectangular cabinets. I sought to capture the essence of the long and low bodywork of those classic cars and the stylish "bright work" that made them so special.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Ciel Bar is a complete home bar. It provides ample storage for liquor bottles, as well as for 20 bottles of wine in a built-in dual temperature zone wine cooler, for 30 beverage glasses of various shapes, and for accessories such as corkscrews, bottle openers, aerators, ice buckets, etc..
This design has a feature that is hidden or “under cover”: the liquor bottles are hidden inside the case and are only revealed when a button is pushed to activate an elevating platform which rises to reveal the colorful bottles.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The Ciel Bar consists of four operationally distinct parts. First is the elevating liquor bottle platform. Once the glass cover of the platform is opened by hand, the user pushes a touch sensitive button that activates a motor (located under the platform) that raises it to the fully raised position within five seconds. A second touch of the same button lowers the platform.
Second is the built-in dual zone wine cooler which can hold up to 20 wine bottles. Third is the beverage glass cabinet which is accessed when the cabinet door is slid aside. Inside are three vertical slide-out cases that can hold up to 30 glasses of various shapes and sizes. Fourth is storage space for large items such as ice buckets, martini shakers and nut bowls as well as a drawer for smaller objects such as corkscrews, aerators, bottle openers, etc..
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Ciel Bar Project stared in March 2011 and finished in August 2012.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The Ciel Bar has steel frame construction, red lacquered solid wood doors, high-gloss red lacquered MDF top and back, and chromed steel legs and door trim. MDF was chosen for the top because of the possibility of spilled liquids. MDF is also used for the back panel because the heat generated by the built-in wine cooler must exit the slatted back without warping the panel.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width x Depth X Height: 2726 mm x 550 mm x 677 mm
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After considerable time spent researching and analyzing the home bar market, I reached the conclusion that none are functionally complete and very few have a modern attractive design. In designing the Ciel Bar I wanted to convey the notion that in this age of the internet, when we think outside the box regarding our work, relationships, modes of communication, etc., that we should also think outside the box, literally and figuratively, when it comes to the objects in our homes. Virtually all storage cabinets in our homes are either square or rectangular boxes. The Ciel Bar shows that a beautiful, none rectangular body can be highly functional and space efficient.
The biggest challenge was to create a shape for the cabinet that was not a traditional rectangular box shape, but which was modern and manufacturable. This was done by using a combination of MDF and renewable natural wood.
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Image #1: Creator Bahram Salour, Ciel Bar Main, 2013. Image #2: Creator Bahram Salour, Ciel Bar Closed, 2013. Image #3: Creator Bahram Salour, Ciel Bar Beverage Glass Cabinet Detail, 2013. Image #4: Creator Bahram Salour, Ciel Bar Sliding Drawer Detail, 2013. Image #5: Creator Bahram Salour, Ciel Bar Full Frontal Open, 2013.
Video Credits: Creator Bahram Salour, Ciel Bar Video, 2013.